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Unthinkable : The Scott Rigsby Story
Author: Scott Rigsby, Jenna Glatzer
9 seconds. That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby’s life to come crashing down around him. 16 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds. That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby to make history. One day when Scott Rigsby was eighteen years old, he was riding in the back of a pickup truck that was towing a three-ton trailer. When the trailer was clipped from behind by an eighteen-wheeler, Scott was thrown over the side and dragged 324 feet before being pinned under the trailer. Later, at the hospital, his right leg was amputatedthe first of twenty-six surgeries he would endure over the next twelve years, including the loss of his other leg. Doctors said it would be more than a year before he could expect to walk againlet alone run. Nine years later, Scott did the unthinkable . . . On October 13, 2007, after arduous training, he became the first double-leg amputee using prosthetics ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world’s most grueling and prestigious event, the Ford Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Unthinkable documents Scott’s remarkable journey from the devastating crash that claimed both of his legs, and from his subsequent battle with depression and alcohol, to the dawning realization that God had a greater plan for his life. The unthinkable courage, determination, and faith Scott demonstrated in training for and competing in the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon will inspire and amaze you.
"Losing his legs after a 1986 crash was devastating for Scott Rigsby, but the loss also led to one of his greatest accomplishments: running on prosthetic legs in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Jon Gauger doesn't sound like Rigsby—an author interview proves that—but he makes an engaging narrator as he tells Rigsby's story in two parts: his descent into a troubled life and, set on a new path by God, his preparations for the Ironman. Gauger lets Rigsby's frankness, wry humor, and eventual upbeat view of his experiences come through. Even listeners who will never run a triathlon will find inspiration in Rigsby's story."
J.A.S. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 20091015
Subject: BIO016000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports,REL012040-RELIGION / Christian Life / Inspirational,SPO048000-SPORTS & RECREATION / Triathlon
About The Author:
Scott Rigsby is the founder of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia-based, nonprofit organization that exists to inspire and enable physically challenged individuals and athletes. In 2008, he was named World Vision’s Advocate for Children with Disabilities. Scott lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jenna Glatzer is the author of eighteen books, including Celine Dion: For Keeps, Bullyproof Your Child for Life, with Joel Haber, and The Marilyn Monroe Treasures. She has written hundreds of articles for magazines such as Woman’s World, Prevention, Women’s Health & Fitness, Contemporary Bride, and Physical. She’s also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest.